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NATIONAL HISTORY DAY NATIONAL CONTEST

the NHD in NM State Contest 2024 winners, with text: "Going to NHD Nationals!"

The National History Day (NHD) National Contest “is the culmination of the annual competition cycle and a celebration of student scholarship. After spending months on project research and preparation, and successfully competing at local and affiliate contests, student scholars are invited to…

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY STATE CONTEST 2024 RECAP

the NHD in NM State Contest 2024 winners, with text: "Going to NHD Nationals!"

The 2024 National History Day (NHD) in New Mexico State competition concluded with overwhelming success last month, with 24 schools and 217 middle and high school students participating from across the state. This year’s theme, “Turning Points in History,” inspired a wide array of topics from…

SPOTLIGHT ON NATIONAL HISTORY DAY JUDGE

National History Day judge Kwesi Boafo

History Day judges play an important role in the success of our History Day program, serving not only as evaluators of student projects but also as mentors and educators who inspire the next generation of young historians. They are fundamental to the program, offering their time and knowledge to…

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY STATE CONTEST APRIL 13TH

National History Day student dressed in a top hat standing by the registration sign.

A total of 216 students with 120 projects will compete in New Mexico National History Day at the University of New Mexico, marking our biggest state competition in years. Students, ranging from grades 6 through 12 and coming from a wide variety of schools across New Mexico—from Lordsburg to…

REGISTRATION: NM NHD REGIONAL CONTESTS: IT’S CONTEST TIME

The 2024 Regional National History Day contests are upon us, with the guiding theme of ‘Turning Points in History.’ This theme invites exploration into questions of time, place, cause and effect and the impact of pivotal moments that have shaped our world. Whether you’re a teacher, student, judge…

FOR THE BECKS, NHD IS A FAMILY AFFAIR

At the 2023 New Mexico State National History Day contest, four brothers from Silver City took home first place medals: Anson Beck in senior group website, Isaac Beck in Senior Group Documentary, Joshua Beck in Senior Individual Documentary, and Jonathan Beck in Junior Group Website. Isaac and Jo…

STAFF UPDATE: INTRODUCING OUR NEWEST MEMBER

Please join us in welcoming Stephanie Wilson as our new full-time NHD (National History Day) Contest Coordinator. Stephanie brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously taught NHD at Hope Christian School, Rio Rancho Middle School, and Tony Hillerman Middle School. She holds a mas…

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY JUDGE TRAINING WORKSHOPS

With a population that is 48 percent Hispano and more than 10 percent Indigenous, fewer than 10 percent of the judges for New Mexico’s National History Day program are people of color. We are working to change this. Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and partnerships…

EMPOWERING EDUCATORS WITH NATIONAL HISTORY DAY WORKSHOPS

Lynne O’Hara, Program Director for National History Day, visited New Mexico in October to conduct teacher workshops in Albuquerque and Farmington. Lynne’s dynamic program included lessons on how to analyze primary sources and how to evaluate NHD projects. A total of 24 educators participated, rep…

N.M. STUDENTS BRING HOME AWARDS FROM THE NATIONAL NHD CONTEST

Students holding a banner that reads "FEAR THE CHILE" at the national NHD competition

National History Day announced this year’s prize winners on Thursday, June 15, at the 2023 National Contest awards ceremony, held in person for the first time in four years. More than 2,600 students and 600 teachers attended the National Contest, which took place on the university campus in College Park, Md., from June 10–15. The ceremony was the culmination, not only of the week-long contest, but also of a year of student research, project creation, and competition.

New Mexico students competed well, with McKenzie Satterfield and Aubrey Shelby of Moriarty High School in Moriarty, N.M., placing second in senior group exhibit; Heights Middle School in Farmington, N.M., students Genevieve Petersen and Grace McWilliams receiving the junior award for outstanding entry in the History of the Physical Sciences & Technology; and students Elizabeth McDonald, Isaac Beck and Kylee Jones of Silver High in Silver City, N.M., taking home the award for United States Marine Corps History.

“We are incredibly proud of the 62 New Mexico students who competed at the national contest this year,” said state coordinator Heather McClenahan. “They learned so much while working on their projects, had a blast exploring the nation’s capital and meeting their competitors, and they showed why our motto is ‘Fear the chile!’”

During the 2022–2023 school year, over half a million students globally completed projects centered around the theme, Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas, in one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Throughout the spring, students competed in a series of contests beginning at the local level. The top students from all 50 states, Washington D.C., U.S. territories, and international schools were invited to compete in the National Contest.

“It’s great to be back in person after three years of virtual contests,” said NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “Every year, NHD students surprise and inspire me with their enthusiasm, innovative thinking, and tireless research. The analytical skills they have cultivated will stand them in good stead for their future educational endeavors. Congratulations to the over half a million students globally who participated and to the thousands of teachers who guided them.” More than 400 historians and education professionals served as judges for the students’ work. $150,000 in scholarships were awarded at the national awards ceremony, and over 100 students took home cash prizes between $250 and $1,000 for superior work.